I mentioned before that I burned out on counted cross stitch when I was a teenager. However, at the beginning of my band sampler I wanted to document all of the stitches I already know. Naturally, this includes cross stitch.
My aversion to it was so strong, however, that I had decided to count my name at the top of the sampler as my homage to counted cross stitch. That is until I found out that Julie from Subversive Cross Stitch was offering a pattern of Shepard Fairy‘s iconic Obama poster for free.
Because I’d like the band sampler to also function as a kind of visual journal, and because I was so moved and elated during the time of the election, I knew it would be a great inclusion. So, here is the counted cross stitch portion of my band sampler.
If you’d like to try your hand at cross stitch, here are some tutorials and links:
- Animated instructions from Subversive Cross Stitch
- Stitch School at Primrose Design
- SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary
- Please read these instructions from the Cross Stitch Centre with a British accent. (Lots of info here about fabrics, needles, beginning/ending, etc.)
I sped through this project, and there are lots of errors and missteps. But, it’s done and I can walk away from cross stitch again, for now.
How about you? Do you have any media or projects that you dislike? Have you ever moved past dislike back to enjoyment?